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The oil-collecting bee Rediviva longimanus on the orchid Pterygodium schelpei.

Why are orchids so successful?

12 Sep 2011

Scientists have been studying the roles that pollinators and mycorrhizal fungi may play in the mechanisms of orchid speciation.


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Autumn leaves

Autumn Trees

07 Sep 2011

Browse through a selection of Kew's trees that produce show-stopping colours in Autumn.


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Desert flowers bloom

by: Richard Wilford, Kew at the British Museum blog
07 Sep 2011

Despite the far from Australian summer we have had in the UK, the plants in the Australia Landscape outside the British Museum have flourished. Some of the most colourful come from the driest parts of Australia.

Big changes for names of algae, fungi, plants and plant fossils

by: Maria Vorontsova, Herbarium blog
07 Sep 2011

Botanists throw away the printing press and cancel Latin classes.

Purple cyclamen in flower

Stunning autumn cyclamen are in flower at Kew Gardens and Wakehurst

30 Aug 2011

Autumn is a great time of year for cyclamens where beautiful displays of the Cyclamen hederifolium can be seen at both Kew Gardens and Wakehurst.


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Purple cyclamen in flower

Stunning autumn cyclamen are in flower at Kew Gardens and Wakehurst

26 Aug 2011

Autumn is a great time of year for cyclamens where beautiful displays of the Cyclamen hederifolium can be seen at both Kew Gardens and Wakehurst.


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Neotropical plants image database screenshot

Two new Internet resources for Latin American plants

26 Aug 2011

Kew launches plant image website and vegetation website for Latin America.


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Alpine travels in Armenia (part three)

by: Kit Strange, Alpine and Rock Garden team blog
25 Aug 2011

Kit Strange from Kew's Alpine team continues her travels in Armenia, this time discovering food from the mountains.

Freezing Ascension's rare ferns for the future

by: Ed Jones, UK Overseas Territories team blog
25 Aug 2011

Ed Jones has just spent a year working with Kew's Conservation Biotechnology team investigating different methods of conserving several of the threatened ferns unique to Ascension Island in the South Atlantic.

Curse of the bamboo flower

by: Charlotte Rowley, Library, Art and Archives blog
22 Aug 2011

A letter in the Directors' Correspondence archive describes how the deadly prediction of an old Chinese proverb about bamboo flowering came true.

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